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Friday, June 28, 2019

June 27 2019 Democrat Presidential Primary Debate 1, Night 2 ANALYSIS!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A very painful experience. But at least it was energetic.

Welcome to KoopaTV's coverage of the first 2020 Democrat presidential primary debate... night two! (Read the analysis of night one's debate here.)

This time, the competing Democrats are Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, and Eric Swalwell. Fortunately for my sanity, these candidates were collectively more energetic than the first night, and the two hours of misery actually went by a lot faster. You know, in feeling-time. Not literal time.
 
(If you need an explanation about these debates or who the candidates are, check out our brand new 2020 Presidential Debate Coverage Index.

They covered a wide range of topics including why President Donald John Trump is bad, climate change, abolishing private health insurance, children in cages, getting rid of guns, and busing racial minority children everyday for hours to get to and from school decades ago. All while discriminating against the elderly.



Thursday, June 27, 2019

June 26 2019 Democrat Presidential Primary Debate 1, Night 1 ANALYSIS!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A mostly painful experience with few bright spots.

Welcome to KoopaTV's coverage of the first 2020 Democrat presidential primary debate... night one! (The debate happening tonight is still the first debate, but it'll be night two.) We have the distinct displeasure (and occasional honour) of having heard from Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, and John Delaney across two hours of identity politics, commercial breaks, and microphone errors that lead to technical issues and a very confused Rachel Maddow.

(If you need an explanation about these debates or who the candidates are, check out our brand new 2020 Presidential Debate Coverage Index.

(If you're looking for analysis of Night 2, click here. But Night 1's analysis is also crucial, because the best candidate is in this group.) 

They covered a wide range of topics including why President Donald John Trump is bad, climate change, abolishing private health insurance, potential war with Iran, LGBTQ+ people, gun violence,  illegal immigration, and why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is bad.



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

KoopaTV's 2020 Presidential Debate Coverage Index

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - One central place containing the articles you probably want to avoid.

I have been getting feedback from this girl named No One, and she's been telling me, “Hey, KoopaTV, all of this gaming coverage recently is great, but where's the United States politics? You've been slacking on that lately. Can we get more coverage on the presidential race? I really value your opinion on this.”

Well, first of all, No One, my name is Ludwig and I run KoopaTV. KoopaTV isn't my name, though it is named after my family name, Koopa. And second of all, sure, I guess it's about time to do our civic duty.

Starting between now and November 2020, KoopaTV will try to give coverage on every official United States presidential debate, including any vice presidential debates. I say try, because we ragequit pretty quickly for the Democrats in 2016 (we didn't even make it to 2016). This time it should be different because of who is running, but... I don't know, if it gets really repetitive, I'll probably stop it.


Anyway, I'm going to set this up with debate list first, and then candidate list second. Yes, this time, I'm going to give a short description about who each of these candidates are (in alphabetical order). A big improvement from me assuming you follow politics and know who everyone is. Heck, I follow U.S. politics, and even I've never heard of some of these Democrats.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Devil May Cry Now Released on Nintendo Switch — Only $20

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Hey, it's reasonable.

At the start of May, I wrote an article declaring that CAPCOM's stylish action game Devil May Cry would be releasing to Nintendo Switch (first time ever for a Nintendo platform) in the summer of 2019. Today, it's now on the Nintendo Switch mere days after the official start of summer, and for only $20. It's still digital-only and will remain so.

I actually got attacked by this kid on MeWe for expecting Devil May Cry to release for a lesser asking price than the $30 Devil May Cry HD Collection on other platforms, because he insisted CAPCOM was fraudulent, scammy, and exploitative for allowing Nintendo console owners to willingly engage in commerce for pretty fair prices. Guess he's an idiot for assuming the worst.


Devil May Cry Nintendo Switch available now for $19.99
MSRP of $19.99 on Nintendo Switch. Anything less than that would be...too low.

You're safe to take the advice I gave for the Nintendo Switch release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (which I later regretted due to the personal damage it does to Phoenix Wright's quality of life) and assume that CAPCOM will discount Devil May Cry by at least 20% by the end of the year in some manner of time-limited sale. Just in case $20 isn't low enough for you for this very classic action game.

I want to point attention to the “official web manual” that CAPCOM produced for this game on the official Devil May Cry site:

Monday, June 24, 2019

No Sword/Shield National Dex: What About The Spin-offs?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Plus, a... poem of sorts at the end.

While I think the vapourware state of Town is the current biggest controversy regarding GAME FREAK at the moment, literally no one else cares about Town. In fact, you most likely disagree with me and think GAME FREAK's biggest controversy is the lack of a National Dex (more like an International Dex) in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. While I think Rotom becoming a smartphone is the biggest culprit in why there will not be a comprehensive Pokémon registry, most people seem to blame GAME FREAK being an incompetent development team and Junichi Masuda personally. ...And as someone who equates Masuda as the Pokémon version of Shigeru Miyamoto (that's a bad thing), I'm not going to try to defend GAME FREAK or Masuda.

Since I have nothing outrageous to add about GAME FREAK being bad at planning or lazy or that they shouldn't have announced Pokémon Home until after Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield released (because who is going to pay interest to the Nosepass running Pokémon Bank now?), my main concern isn't actually the Pokémon not being in the Galar National Dex. It's the increased chance of deleterious effects it may have on downstream spin-offs.

If a Pokémon won't even be programmed into the flagship Generation 8 game—keep in mind that previous games don't let you catch every Pokémon in-game but they're still in the code—what chance do they have of being in spin-offs based on Generation 8? Quite low.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Gaming Disorder Official in ICD-11. Good!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Videogame addiction ain't fiction.

In early January 2018, I wrote about how the World Health Organization would add a “gaming disorder” to the ICD-11 (International Classification of Diseases, 11th edition). If you're not familiar with what the ICD manual is all about, that article does a better job than other contemporary gaming outlets did at describing it, so check it out.

Now that it's mid-2019, I can report that they've done it. Gaming disorder is officially a thing, a child of “disorders due to addictive behaviours.” Here's the description of gaming disorder:
“Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by:
  1. impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context);
  2. increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and
  3. continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.
The pattern of gaming behaviour may be continuous or episodic and recurrent. The gaming behaviour and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.”
Makes sense to me. But it's also very familiar. Compare it to the description of gambling disorder:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

You're Invited to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Open June 2019 Tournament!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - May possibly be referred to as the Super Smash Bros Ultimate North America June Open 2019, depending on its mood.

You may remember I advertised the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 some months ago. That was the series of three tournaments that could get the winners an invitation to PAX East, where they competed to be the North America team in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3. ...Which Japan's team ultimately won.

At the end of the World Championship 2019 was an announcement that the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America June Open 2019 is open for registrations. I joined right away, since I personally had a good time with the three tournaments in the non-June Open 2019 when I wasn't fighting against a Pichu in the main bracket semi-finals. Pichu got nerfed after that, so I personally think I'm unstoppable.

But why should YOU join the tournament, and how is it different than the non-June Open 2019? Well, I'll give you the details and the rationale in this article. Plus, to add value, I'll share some TIPS!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Why Is Cyberpunk 2077 So Anticipated?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's another “Ludwig displays how uncultured he is” article.

I took the advice of my staff and didn't look at social media during and right before E3 2019. Not only because I was a busy investigating Koopa (and then a jailed Koopa), but because of “leaks” that threatened the sanctity, sanity, and expectations of the viewing audience.

As a result, when Cyberpunk 2077 was being shown during the Microsoft E3 2019 conference, we... didn't really recognise it as something that was standout. Meanwhile, social media was exploding in activity over it

Keanu Reeves appearing at the conference for the game didn't affect anything for me or anyone else in the log. I just saw him as yet another Hollywood celebrity. I don't like celebrities. I don't even know what a “John Wick” is, but I thought it was a Game of Thrones character. (It's not.) Shows what I know. Keanu Reeves is not even portraying the main character of Cyberpunk 2077, and he can't be, since the main character is totally customisable and could even be a female. I really don't see what the big deal even is about him being on the game's staff. Keanu Reeves doesn't even play videogames, so why do gamers care what he thinks about them or what he does?


Cyberpunk 2077 Johnny Silverhand Keanu Reeves E3 2019 trailer
How is it featuring Keanu Reeves if he only appears for a few seconds at the very end of the trailer?
Isn't this whole thing just clickbait?

I didn't even remember that Cyberpunk 2077 was shown at the end of the Microsoft E3 2018, as the game that “hacked” the conference. Rawk seemingly didn't remember either, since he made the exact same Fallout 76 comment (2077 vs. 2076) both times. (In fact, he made it a third time while we were discussing the game tonight to prep for this article.) I had to find out that it was at E3 2018 from reading the game's Wikipedia article, and Cyberpunk 2077 apparently won awards at both E3 2018 and E3 2019.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Where Was Town At E3 2019? The True GAME FREAK Controversy

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - No home if there's no town.

The Nintendo world is very unhappy right now over the state of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield: Specifically that not every Pokémon will be coded into the game. Traditionally, even if a Pokémon isn't natively found in, say, Alola, you could still transfer/ship a Pokémon from a faraway region to an Alolan trainer. The Pokédex would recognise it. It'd work. Trainers could use any Pokémon discovered up to that point.

Galar is different. If it's not in the Pokédex, that's it. It's not allowed in the region.

I blame the Rotom Pokédex taking form as a smartphone instead of a real Pokédex—which in prior games have been designed based off of Nintendo handhelds. It's obviously a commentary on the superiority of a dedicated handheld gaming device versus the inferior experience offered by smartphones. Other people think it's a commentary on Brexit-inspired immigration efforts, but I'll leave the Brexit interpretations to Ubisoft and Watch Dogs: Legion.

I'll also leave further discussion about this to another article. (Or maybe I'll dodge it entirely and never write about it.)

I want to actually dedicate this article to discussing GAME FREAK's other Nintendo Switch title.

Town.

Monday, June 17, 2019

E3 2019: Company Conference Tier List

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - My controversial and personal opinion not representing the KoopaTV staff.

Alright, this year's E3 2019 was a bit awkward in terms of KoopaTV coverage. You can see a bunch of missing spots in our E3 2019 Schedule since we did not cover every company's conference with a reaction log.

There was a very, VERY good reason for all of that which you can read in last Friday's narrative-for-an-article, here

I'm going to try to make that up to you, however. All-in-one E3 2019 coverage: Behold, the E3 2019 (real) company conference tier list! (AKA my way of never having to watch the PC Gaming Show, and not rating Devolver Digital.) For E3 2019, that leaves five companies. Here's my tier list from worst-to-best, that every other KoopaTV staffer disagrees with (and they, as well as you, are encouraged to write their own article or lengthy comment expressing that) along with my reasoning:

Friday, June 14, 2019

Phoenix Wright vs. E3 2019: Drugs, Detainment, and Discounts

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - How I met Phoenix Wright for the first time, and ruined E3 2019.

If you are a regular reader of KoopaTV, you are probably wondering where I've been during the past several days of E3 Weeks 2019. Don't worry, the other KoopaTV staffers are wondering the same thing.

And if you're an irregular reader, you might be wondering why a gaming site's coverage of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the biggest gaming event of the year with the most impactful news drop, was so... lacking this year.

It was all foretold before E3 began that KoopaTV's staff would be flying out to Los Angeles to look for Phoenix Wright, former ace attorney and now just a disbarred and struggling man. Coverage of E3 itself was a secondary consideration.

I managed to do it. I found Phoenix Wright. I talked with Phoenix Wright. I acted on behalf of Phoenix Wright. I'll tell you the full story of what happened this week. ...You'll find it quite interesting. I'll write it from a third-person perspective, similar to the How Team Koopa Escaped Rio series.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Your Majesty and My Majesty: Unicorns vs. Narwhals Splatfest!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Let's keep the word majesty meaningful.

You may be thinking, “Ludwig, why are you publishing about a Splatoon 2 Splatfest during E3 Weeks 2019?” Because I have no choice and Nintendo decided to have a Splatfest happen right when E3 ends. I have to write and publish coverage of this at some point before the 15th, so I picked Thursday, the designated Nintendo Treehouse Live: Indie Game Edition day. No one's going to whine for us not covering that, right?

This month's Splatfest is about two horned mythical/rare creatures: The unicorn and the narwhal.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest news more majestic creature Unicorn vs. Narwhal
Which creature is more majestic? The unicorn or the narwhal?

I had to do a lot of research for this Splatfest. You see, Pearl and Marina spent a lot of time discussing not the majestic attributes of the unicorn or the narwhal, but whether or not they exist. Allegedly, unicorns don't exist but narwhals do. Marina went into a tangent about how her landlord is a narwhal. Really uninformative banter from them overall that I had to supplement.

In my world, there is no such thing as a unicorn and there is no such thing as a narwhal. There's some ancient and non-living depictions of unicorn-like figures that signify they may have once existed (in the flesh or in someone's minds). By comparison, there's literally no mention of narwhals in the entire history of Koopa Kingdom, the Mushroom Kingdom, or anywhere else in Star World.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 2019 Day 2: I AM ERROR

By KAMEK - Error.

I AM ERROR Nintendo Treehouse Live E3 2019 The Legend of Zelda II Adventure of Link
I AM ERROR.
WE'RE EXPECTING SOME DIFFICULTIES.
NINTENDO TREEHOUSE: LIVE
WILL BE BACK SOON WITH MORE GAMEPLAY
AND INFORMATION YOU CAN'T GET
ANYWHERE ELSE. STICK AROUND!



Boss isn't even around for what Nintendo is doing with E3. The staff tried to watch Nintendo Treehouse: Live, got an error, and called it a day.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nintendo Direct at E3 2019: KoopaTV's Live Reactions!

By WITCH PRINCESS - Time to awaken and react.

I  am back from a long slumber for this special occasion. And I'm also one of the staff members excited for this E3 2019 Direct!

Unfortunately, Ludwig went out on a search for Mr. Phoenix Wright, still hoping to get him here at E3 with us. Seriously, hope and pray that we find him! Wright needs to be in Smash!

I'll be covering Nintendo's thing, along with our good friend Ryu, RawkHawk2010 (towards the end), and Wendy (also towards the end).



Let's begin!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Square Enix E3 2019 Press Conference: KoopaTV's Live Reactions!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Finally, good things from this E3.

This E3 so far, despite wiping out some deadweight conferences from companies we don't like, hasn't been all that great.

Tonight, we placed our hopes in Square Enix to save E3 2019, which is historically a risky proposition. Here joining me (hi I was out during the day and will keep being out for the rest for BUSINESS) are RawkHawk2010, Wendy O. Koopa (for the first and probably only time this E3) and non-staffer Ryu. Note how Wendy and Ryu state at the start that they can't stick around for the conference...

You should also check out the entire E3 2019 schedule here.

[5:52 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: https://www.twitch.tv/squareenix

@everyone

[5:52 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Classic Final Fantasy music.

[5:52 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Already great sign.

[5:52 PM] RawkHawk2010: Uh

[5:53 PM] Ryu: FFV music

[5:53 PM] Ryu: The only FFV song people remember

[5:53 PM] RawkHawk2010: Let's not act like Battle at the Big Bridge isn't a meh song.

[5:53 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's great.

[5:53 PM] Sooper Sekrit Agent Wendy: Dude, doing Battle on the Big Bridge is freaking amazing

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bethesda Conference and Devolver Direct: E3 2019 Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! (Says the audience.)

Let's end E3 2019's Sunday with a conference dedicated to a screwed up audience and fanbase at Bethesda, and a pseudo-conference created by a screwed up marketing team at Devolver Digital. That's not to say Bethesda doesn't have weird staff members—most the article pictures are dedicated to them. This is also the last day of E3 Weeks 2019 that I'll be available for all of the days proceedings. I have business to take care of.

Hopefully the other staffers pick up the slack. 

And for the other staffers on this log, there's RawkHawk2010. ...And there's Ryu (mostly on the Bethesda log) who isn't a staffer but has the unique privilege of hanging out with us since we've known him for over 15 years. Click here to jump right to the Devolver section. (It's much shorter.)


[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: @everyone

https://www.twitch.tv/twitch

Bethesda and then Devolver Digital now

[5:30 PM] RawkHawk2010: :koopa_koot:

[5:31 PM] RawkHawk2010: At least I have alcohol.

[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I already finished all  my milk.

Microsoft E3 2019 Press Conference: KoopaTV's Live Reactions!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - People didn't let FAKE NEWS set their expectations for this, right?

There was a lot of dubious information and idiotic expectations entering into this Microsoft E3 2019. Let's be clear from the start what will be here: A lot of world premiere games for Xbox One (and PC) and a lot of Xbox Game Pass information.

Here to provide live reactions on the KoopaTV side for this E3 2019 are myself, RawkHawk2010, and not-a-KoopaTV-staffer Ryu. And, for the first time ever, there's part of the reaction log BEFORE the page break, because I don't actually have much to stay for this introduction section. Enjoy:


[12:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: @everyone

It's time for Microsoft's E3, perhaps the most consequential of the whole conference?

https://www.twitch.tv/twitch

[12:58 PM] RawkHawk2010: https://www.twitch.tv/xbox

[12:58 PM] Ryu: Rawk got the better link

[12:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Aright.

[12:59 PM] RawkHawk2010: I's ready.

[12:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: My body isn't ready.

[12:59 PM] Ryu: closes Twitch chat

[12:59 PM] RawkHawk2010: I'm actually optimistic.

[12:59 PM] RawkHawk2010: Not even scared.

[1:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: IT BEGINS.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Three Nintendo Tournaments Day: E3 2019 Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Featuring Super Mario Maker 2, Splatoon 2, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

This one reaction log will cover the entirety of Saturday's E3 2019 events—sorry EA, you get nothing. We're talking about the Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019, the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019, and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3. Lots of worldly things here.

KoopaTV's staff itself is in Los Angeles (but not in The Theatre at Ace Hotel where these tournaments take place), and the vast majority of this reaction log is just me. RawkHawk2010 is here too. Ryu, who isn't part of the staff and is just a friend, isn't in Los Angeles but does sometimes appear in the log.

Click here to skip down to the Splatoon 2 part of the log. Click here to skip down to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate part of the log.

Friday, June 7, 2019

E3 Weeks 2019 Schedule!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Your index for KoopaTV E3 2019 coverage.

First of all, congratulations. We've made it. It's now time for a new Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) for the year 2019. This is the videogame industry's biggest conference, put together by the Entertainment Software Association. The major gaming companies come from worldwide to show off what they're up to, and KoopaTV is right there with them.

This year, if you haven't read, is the first time that KoopaTV's staff is physically present in Los Angeles during E3. However, our mission at Los Angeles isn't just to attend E3, but to find and bring a special someone there.

With that said, here is our E3 Weeks 2019 logo:

KoopaTV E3 Weeks 2019 logo Electronic Entertainment Expo Hobo Phoenix Wright hat
This year's KoopaTV E3 Weeks (2019) logo was conceived and created by RawkHawk2010.
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns about it, ask him. ...He'll probably avoid answering.

If you want to watch everything that happens as it happens, I suggest twitch.tv/twitch and twitch.tv/nintendo.

Here is what will happen this year, in Eastern Time. Note that just because an event is listed here does not mean that KoopaTV will provide dedicated coverage to it. This year, we're committing to nothing:

Thursday, June 6, 2019

KoopaTV Staff to Fly to Los Angeles During E3 2019... To Find Phoenix Wright

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Tradition-breaking, but for an incredibly worthy cause.

You may have been wondering about the obvious lack of pre-E3 hype on KoopaTV.org for 2019. Everything has been going according to tradition, even the presence of the annual pre-E3 tragedy. It's not like the lack of Sony and Electronic Arts participation at E3 2019 would have us bothered, since we consistently aren't fans of their conferences.

So what is it? Well, it's because we knew the whole time that the Electronic Entertainment Expo wouldn't be our main focus during E3 Weeks 2019. Long-time readers know that every year of our existence (that's SIX years now) we've been supplying award-losing coverage of all of the major (and sometimes minor) company conferences at E3, supplemented by dedicated Nintendo Treehouse Live reaction logs. Essentially, we dedicated our lives so we didn't miss a moment of activity, and all of it was documented on the website. It was very popular with the search engines, too.


What are we doing instead? The whole KoopaTV staff is going to Los Angeles, which is where E3 has been based for a while now. But we're not going to the Los Angeles Convention Center.  No, we're going to search the streets of Los Angeles for disgraced and disbarred former attorney Phoenix Wright.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Pokémon Sword/Shield June Direct: Galar Legends, Dynamax, the Wild Area

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A lot of the February criticisms got invalidated.

True story: I woke up early just to get to my day job early enough that I could watch today's Pokémon Direct presented by GAME FREAK... live! And live-react to it. Unfortunately, the live-reaction log doesn't pass basic KoopaTV quality standards, so I'm going to spend much more time and effort doing a full write-up for you. Aren't you lucky?

Here's the video-on-demand of the “roughly 15 minutes of information” that's approaching 17 minutes. That means there's plenty of footage in this that is strictly uninformative. Fortunately, the additional information found on the official website makes up for this.

 

There's surprisingly a lot to talk about here, and I just want to remind everyone of when we first saw Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield back in February, and of the comments people made back then.

I recommend you skip ahead to exactly three minutes in to skip some bad lyrics.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Government Regulation of Pay-to-Win and Loot Boxes: Good Idea Or No?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I read the proposed bill and I'll share my informed opinion.

At the start of May, Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri (Republican) said he would introduce a bill to the United States Senate to regulate loot boxes and pay-to-win micro-transactions in the videogame industry. I didn't comment on it because the bill didn't exist yet. I won't write an article about a bill before the lawmakers bother to write the bill itself. Now it's written, and you can read the full text of the proposed legislation here (while he's still in office) and check out its progress through the legislative process here.

The bill is already co-sponsored by fellow Senators Richard Blumenthal (Democrat of Connecticut) and Ed Markey (Democrat of Massachusetts) and is now sitting in the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Who knows where it'll go from there, but the United States's gaming industry lobby, the Entertainment Software Association, is too busy making public statements disagreeing about gaming addiction's existence (which I need to write a new article about now that it's officially a thing) and organising the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to meaningfully impede the bill's direction.

When I think of the United States Senate trying to regulate videogames, I think of Hillary Clinton's failed attempt trying to pass the Family Entertainment Protection Act in 2005, which, after examining the bill closely like I did, would have created a very different—and much worse—videogame industry compared to today had it passed back then.

How does “A bill to regulate certain pay-to-win microtransactions and sales of loot boxes in interactive digital entertainment products, and for other purposes.” fare under scrutiny? Let's find out together with my awesome analysis. The bill has five sections, so that's how I'll organise my article.

Monday, June 3, 2019

KoopaTV's May 2019 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A month full of annual features and fun! And a feature improvement.

I know that in the gaming industry, people want to dedicate June to upcoming very important gaming conferences. Well, I want to take a day out of June to write about the month of May. May—despite us sometimes writing it as “March”—is important to KoopaTV. You'll see why as the post progresses, but it's all about the content. Let's get right into it.

The Top 5 Recommended KoopaTV Experiences of May 2019


Content matters, so here are the top five recommended KoopaTV experiences of May 2019. In chronological order! Even if it's not on this list, you should still check out every article from May 2019... and on the website in general. That's six years worth of content, but... you'll get a lot out of it.
  1. KoopaTV's Crabby Six-Year Anniversary  — KoopaTV opened May 12, 2013 to no acclaim whatsoever. We've come a long way since then, and KoopaTV has developed to the point of being very crab-like. We explain what exactly that means in this epic anniversary article.
  2. Super Silly Superpower Splatfest: Time Travel vs. Teleportation! — The May 2019 Splatfest pit Time Travel and Teleportation against one another, and based on KoopaTV's previously-stated thoughts on time travel (like long-time Daylight Saving Time opposition), Ludwig wrote about why you needed to support Team Transportation.
  3. Ace Attorney Isn't an RPG, but You Can Buy It at 50–70% off for CAPCOM Publisher Sale 2019! — Usually, when KoopaTV writes an Ace Attorney-is-on-sale article, we don't go into deep detail on Ace Attorney in terms of gameplay. But the Nintendo eShop prominently declares the franchise as role-playing games, so that's definitely something we needed to address.
  4. Democrats on Fox News Town Halls: Buttigieg vs. Warren — Not really game-related, but there's philosophy around Democrat candidates and their willingness to engage in what they consider “opposition media” like Fox News or KoopaTV, and that's foreshadowing future KoopaTV coverage of the 2020 presidential campaign. It's foreshadowing you need to read!
  5. Memorial to Durable Product Quality; They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To — KoopaTV's Memorial Day 2019 article, discussing product quality that's falling apart across the industries, including consumer electronics (and gaming hardware).